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Travel + Macros | Staying Healthy on the Road

Finding healthy food choices is a challenge when you’re traveling, finding healthy, allergen-friendly foods can sometimes seem like an impossible task. Since I’ve been counting macros and watching my protein intake the last few months, it’s been even more paramount that I find a way to eat well while I’m traveling.

I love traveling and I’ll never give it up, so I’ve had to learn how to prepare in advance for trips to help me stay on track. Here’s a three-part breakdown on how I approach travel and counting macros.

Food Prep:

I like to prep my first meal or two to take with me on a trip, especially if it’s a roadtrip, and put them in a collapsible Tupperware container that can easily be stored while I’m on the road.

Some go-to choices are simple veggie and tofu sautee, roasted veggies, frozen smoothies, and usually a few protein muffins or protein pancakes as healthy snacks.

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{The aftermath of food prep as I get ready for a trip!}

Packing Protein:

Bars, protein powder packets, nut butter, and trail mix are my go-to easy travel snacks. I can always find eggs or salads or roasted veggies while I’m traveling, it’s the vegan protein that’s hard to come by.

A few favorites are No Cow Bars {they were in my January Favorites Round-Up!}, Simply Protein Bars, Protein Chips, raw trail mix, and protein peanut butter.

Research:

Before a trip I like to do online research on restaurants and grocery stores. It’s definitely harder overseas, especially in more rural areas, but fairly easy when traveling in the US.

And, if at all possible, I love to have a kitchen on a trip so that I don’t have to eat out for every meal. Airbnb is a great option, picking a place with a kitchen instead of a tiny hotel room.

Do YOU have any tips for finding healthy, whole food sources while you travel? Am I missing any great snacks to try out?

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Healthy Christmas Recipes

The holidays are all about coming together with friends and family. And regardless of which holidays you and your family are celebrating, the social gatherings have a tendency to focus on large meals and home-cooked food. Some of which isn’t terribly good for you.

Here are some delicious, healthy Christmas recipes that you can bring to your next holiday party, family event, or even to the office to share with your colleagues. This way you can enjoy the tastes of the season while bringing along something wholesome to help keep your loved ones healthy during the holiday season.

Starters, Salads & Appetizers:

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Warm Brussels Sprouts & Pear Salad with Dijon Vinaigrette from Budget Bytes

Molasses, Miso, and Maple Candied Vegan Sweet Potatoes from Go Dairy Free

Vegan Walnut, Sage & Cranberry Stuffed Holiday Mushrooms from Blissful Basil

Entrees:

Butternut Squash with Sage & Chickpea Stuffing from Poppy and the Bees

Lentil Roast with Balsamic Onion Gravy from Wallflower Kitchen

Roasted Carrots, Quinoa & Tempeh Bowl from Apollo & Luna

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Desserts:

Salted Caramel Apple Pie from Wallflower Kitchen

Vegan Gingerbread Cake from Imagelicious

Chocolate Dipped Chocolate Truffles from My Darling Vegan

Drinks:

Gingerbread Hot Chocolate from VNutrition & Wellness

Simple Vegan Eggnog from Simple Vegan Blog

Crockpot Mulled Cider from Tasty Kitchen

Do YOU have a favorite Christmas recipe? What’s your holiday speciality in the kitchen?

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4 Tips to Start Your Healthy Living Journey

Sometimes getting started on a new path is the hardest part. It’s that first step that can be the most intimidating. Changing your habits, breaking your routine, making better choices every day…

It can be a daunting prospect.

My goal today is to share a few things that you can do to make a positive impact on your health. Today.

These are small shifts in your daily habits that you should think about as a lifestyle change, not as a diet or a short-term fix. They’re not a band-aid, and they’re not a magic bullet. What they will do, however, is make you much healthier in the long-term if you make them a part of your life.

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{Summer Running}

So, without further ado, here are my top four tips for starting your journey to a healthy, happy life:

  1. Sleep – Your body can’t recover unless you give it sufficient time to rest. Without sufficient sleep it can’t recover from workouts or from stress. So schedule time to start winding down each night and create a sleep routine. Need some ideas to get started? Check out my Nighttime Ritual post.
  2. Drink Water – You may think that dehydration just means dry skin, but that’s not the case. Not consuming enough water can impact your sleeping habits, reduce your ability to concentrate, and even cause headaches and constipation. Not good. If you have trouble getting enough H2O try an infused water for a fun twist.
  3. Lay Off Processed Food – Highly processed foods and food-like substances filled with refined sugar, high fructose corn syrup, and trans fats, are causing an epidemic in this country. Obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and some kinds of cancer – All considered Western Diseases – Are preventable and can be treated with a healthy diet. So before your weekly trip to the drive-through or when you head for the chip aisle instead of the produce section at the grocery store, just stop and think about which choice will help you meet your healthy living goals.
  4. Move – Don’t worry, I’m not telling you to go sign up for a marathon. Or that you need an expensive gym membership. Need a first step? Go for a walk a few times a week. Then extend the amount of time you spend walking and the number of walks a week. You will be amazed at the change – The time outside will help you clear your head, decompress, and relax. Other options? Check out my A Week of Workouts and 7 Days of Workouts posts for some ideas for fun, healthy workouts. Another great option is a workout date!

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{Need more inspiration? Be sure to follow me on Snapchat – moicontrelavie – And Instagram. You’ll get to see me in the kitchen and at the gym!}

Are YOU ready to start your healthy living journey?

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Links You’ll Love: Get Healthy & Stay Healthy

We all want to get healthy – That’s a pretty universal desire – But staying healthy? That’s the hard part.

It’s easy to stay on track for short bursts – Whether it’s a new workout or diet plan – And then lose your motivation and fall of the health wagon.

Here are some tips and suggestions from the experts to help you stay on top of your goals.

My number one tip? Stop thinking about your health as a phase or a diet or something to be “gotten through” in order to achieve a specific goal {bikini season, wedding, event…}. You have one body – You should treat it with respect and fuel it well, that’s all you get!

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Stuck at the playground with the kiddos this Summer? Never fear, you can still get in a healthy workout!! Channel your inner child with this ab-busting swing set workout.

Curious how your gym bag stacks up against the pros? Check out Chalkboard Mag’s In My Gym Bag With Karena + Katrina of Tone It Up.

Being healthy means being happy. It means doing what makes your body AND your mind happy. Get inspired by this post – 10 Life Lessons: How To Have A Life, Not Just A Resume.

It’s nearly time for the Summer Olympics so my interest in checking in on the athletes is starting to ramp up. I remember loving the Summer games as a child {gymnastics and diving especially} but in the age of social media it’s SO FUN to be able to see their food, workouts, and inspirations. Check out Mind Body Green’s What Runner & Olympic Hopeful Becky Wade Eats In A Day for some serious Fitspo. I’m ready to go running now!

There’s an “anywhere” workout, and there’s a “anywhere with kids” workout. This is the latter! 10-Minute Workouts You Can Do With Your Kids Anytime, Anywhere.

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Are you a fan of Kayla Itsines? Me too. Curious what it’s like to actually workout with her? Me too. Well + Good got the low down, and it makes me jealous. I worked out with Kayla Itsines IRL—along with thousands of screaming fans.

Want a fresh start? I love the whole foods-based recipes for this Two Week Clean Eating Plan from FabSugar.

We all know that sleep is important. But what does your body really need? Check out Anna Victoria’s How Much Sleep Do You Really Need?

Exercises to do/not do, food mistakes to avoid & more from Women’s Health – 9 Trainers Share the Top Weight-Loss Mistakes People Make in the Gym.

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Healthy Skin Care: Ziesche Modern Apothecary

When I realized a few years ago just how much of what we put on our skin – Sunscreen, makeup, skin care, nail polish – Ends up in our bloodstream {Huffington Post}, I immediately decided to make some healthy changes.

I’ve worked hard over the past few years to try new brands and support local, organic, and eco-friendly lines that offer high quality products without chemicals and unhealthy fillers.

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One of my favorite brands for healthy, fortifying skin care is Ziesche Modern Apothecary.

Why?

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No unnecessary additives. No chemicals intended to make it last forever. And no BS!

  • Fair: High-quality, affordable products made with only the best ingredients
  • Dedicated: To the customer, community, and environment (Natural, organic products w/out harmful chemicals)
  • Authentic: The owner, Sherri, only sells products that she uses. All of which are carefully curated in San Francisco!

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I first met Sherri at her Polk Street shop The Beauty Company – Sadly now closed – And was excited to be a tester when she first launched her line. Originally started in 2012, Ziesche now carries a complete line of skin care and some lotions, mens products, and hair care {the dry shampoo is life altering!}.

Have YOU given healthy skin care a try?

{Note: Ziesche Dry Shampoo is $15 instead of $19.95 through Sunday! And the deal includes a deluxe travel dry shampoo.}

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